Pico 4 will have one of the most popular apps for wirelessly streaming PC VR games like Half-Life: Alyx and Boneworks.
Virtual Desktop’s developer Guy Godin confirmed that his app “will be available on the new Pico 4 as well as the Pico Neo 3. You’ll be able to stream all your favorite SteamVR and Oculus games wirelessly.”
Pico 4 will have its own method for wirelessly streaming PC VR content and Pico Neo 3 Link even offered a wired Displayport option, but Virtual Desktop is a popular multi-purpose utility that makes it easy to operate your PC in VR and access content stored on it. Godin frequently updates the software with new features as well and, in addition to PC VR games from a VR-ready PC, Virtual Desktop can be used with a less powerful PC to stream traditional games or movies in high fidelity on a large virtual screen.
The developer told UploadVR that Virtual Desktop will release for Pico 4 in markets other than China, with the headset set to start shipping next month in Europe, Japan, & South Korea. We recently tried Pico 4 and expect to review the hardware in the coming weeks, but early indications are that Pico is mounting the most serious competition for Quest 2 since the platform was announced in 2018.
Ian Hamilton is a journalist based in Arkansas and managing editor at UploadVR. He’s covered VR full-time since 2015 as well as Oculus VR since 2012. He is interested in the people creating VR and AR hardware and software, their motivations, and how that work affects the people who spend significant time in simulations. If you have information to pass along you can send him a direct message on Twitter, Facebook or via email.